Emerald Coast Real Estate Blog

Planning to DIY Your Kitchen Floor? Here's what you need

*Posted on July 19, 2019 by Housecall
By Meghan Belnap

Redoing your kitchen floor on your own is an ambitious undertaking that can be accomplished with the right supplies, tools and know-how. Whether you want to redo your floor by yourself to save money or simply for a sense of accomplishment, there are several ways to get the job done.

Here are several things that you will need in order to complete your DIY kitchen flooring project:

Exact Floor Measurements

Your entire project could wind up in chaos if your floor measurements aren’t correct. The floor measurements will determine the sizes and shapes of the tiles you’ll need, along with where they’re placed. If the shape of your floor is square or rectangular, you can get the correct measurements by taking the length and width measurements and multiplying them together. For a floor with a more unusual shape, you’ll need to divide each section into rectangular units with string or other markers, and then add the measurements of each unit to get the correct total.

Get the Right Tiles and Caulk

Next, choose the tiles that will go best in your kitchen. Tiles are available in different shapes,...

Florida Unemployment Rates Just Released

The Florida Department  of Economic Opportunity released the latest unemployment numbers for the state. 

Here are the numbers for our Northwest Florida counties.

County June 2019 May 2019 June 2018
Bay 3.8% 3.6% 3.6%
Escambia 3.5% 3.0% 3.8%

How the Fed's interest rate decisions affect mortgage rates

*Posted on bankrate.com by Natalie Campisi

If the Federal Reserve lowers rates at its upcoming July 30-31 meeting, only some mortgage borrowers need to pay attention, including those with adjustable-rate loans. The majority of Americans, who have fixed-rate mortgages, won’t be affected.

At the Federal Open Market Committee, FOMC, some experts predict that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will lower rates by 25 basis points from 2.25 percent to 2.0 percent. If rates are lowered for the first time in more than a decade, here’s what happens for home shoppers and homeowners.

What will happen to long-term fixed mortgages

Keep in mind that the federal funds rate does not directly affect long-term fixed-interest mortgage rates; those rates are pegged to the yield of U.S. Treasuries, which are set by market forces.

“Mortgage rates are so low today because the popularity of that note has driven its price up and its yield down (there is an inverse relationship between bond prices and yields),” says Robert Frick, corporate economist at Navy Federal Credit Union.

However, there can be indirect impact on long-term interest rates if, for example, the Fed surprised economists and didn’t lower rates. This move could indicate that the Fed isn’t promoting growth, ...

New Ride Sharing Company Opens in Walton County

New Ride Sharing Company in Walton County

Everyone who visits Walton County has ran into traffic moving at a snail's pace at one time or another.  That's why ride sharing is the way to go on 30A!

A new company, said to be one of the safest ways to travel in the area, has opened and ready to take you where you want to go from Panama City Beach to Pensacola!

Click here to find out more and how you can get around easier!


73% of Homeowners Will Invest in Their Nest This Year

According to a recent survey by LightStream, nearly three in four (73%) of homeowners surveyed plan to make home improvements this year, up a whopping 26% from 2018.

Read more here to find out why homeowners are renovating and upgrading their homes.


Isn't it time to Explore the Underwater Museum of Art's Sculpture Garden?

On Vacation looking for an adventure or are you a Scuba Diving enthusiast?  Consider visiting the Underwater Museum of Art located along the Gulf Coast in Walton County and dive down to discover the new sculptures that have recently been added to this beautiful underwater Sanctuary!

Not only is admission free, Time Magazine voted it one of the 100 "World's Greatest Places" in 2018!  No reservations required!

Find out more on their website!  Click here to see what's in store!


Hwy 87 Expansion in Navarre Finally Finished after almost 17 Years

Year after year, since August 2002, construction on State Road 87 between Hwy 10 & Navarre has been going on.  Finally, after almost 17 years the expansion was completed on July 8th.

With the popularity of Navarre Beach growing, It was necessary to turn this two laned road into something that could accomodate tourists and residents as a possible evacuation route in case of Hurricanes.  That's when the work began.

To read the entire article click here.


8 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise

*Original Post on June 29, 2017 - 3:50 pm by Housecall
By Sage Singleton

Summer is the season to be outdoors. It’s the perfect time for backyard barbecues, neighborhood socials, and late-night evenings on the patio. You don’t need to travel to a luxurious and exotic location to enjoy spending time outdoors. Make your own backyard a summer paradise with these eight simple suggestions.

Inspect and update wooden decks

To make your backyard a summer haven, take some time to inspect and update your deck. Wooden patios and decks can be warped by cold weather, so you’ll want to replace loose or missing slats as needed. Sand, stain, and seal your deck once you’ve made sure it’s structurally sound. If you have a stone patio, check for missing pieces and update as needed. Once this is complete, you’ll have a shiny and appealing deck you can decorate with patio furniture—creating a relaxing sitting area for summertime.

Purchase patio furniture and essentials

Once you have a designated patio or deck space, you’ll want to add some patio furniture so you can sit down, mingle with friends and family, and relax. Consider purchasing weatherproof patio furniture that is both ...

Local school districts shine on state tests

Posted Jun 28, 2019 at 6:56 PM, Updated Jun 28, 2019 at 6:56 PM

Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties’ school systems all performed better than average on state testing in English, mathematics, science and social studies, the Florida Department of Education revealed Friday.

In many cases, they scored among the highest of the 67 school districts in the state.

Okaloosa County schools performed fourth best in the state in taking its composite scores on all the tests, reported Steve Horton, a district assistant superintendent.

“It was a year of distractions in Okaloosa County,” Horton said. “When it came down to it, our teachers and...

High-Resale Value Projects You Can Tackle in a Weekend

*Original Post on March 1, 2017 by Megan Wild on RIS Media's Housecall

“There’s no place like home,” as the old saying goes. That’s especially true when it comes to an investment.

You live in and love your home, but there might come a time when you have to leave it. And when that time comes, you’ll want to get as much money as you can for your property so you can move onward — and upward.

In order to increase your abode’s value, you might think you have to put in a ton of time, effort and money, but that’s not entirely true. Instead, you can take on weekend projects over time to spruce the place up so when it’s time to sell, you have a completely updated property that’ll end up selling itself.

Ready to get to work? Roll up your sleeves and start on one of the following five weekend projects.

1. Repaint Your Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to smart investment in your home, the kitchen is one of the best places to start. Buyers expect kitchens to be updated. Stone countertops, stainless appliances and sleek flooring all make a space feel modern. Obviously, these changes require a lot of money and, sometimes, a lot of time. That’s why you can tackle it in bits and start first with your cabinets.

Old wooden cabinets with equally dated...

Gulf Front Condo on Navarre Beach Reduced by $15K!

Reduced $15,000. GULF FRONT 2 Bed / 2 Bath Condo with Bunk Room and Spectacular Views of Navarre Beach's Emerald Waters and Pier. Decorated with a ''Beachy'' feel and features 9 Ft Ceilings and Tile throughout, and comes equipped with a large laundry room & owners closet. The unit is being sold Fully Furnished and some additional highlights are a Breakfast Bar, Pantry, 3rd Room with Bunk Beds, large Entry Foyer, Cultured Marble Bathroom Vanities, Dual Vanities & Bath Tub in Master, Ceiling Fans, and large Balcony, all perfect for relaxing and entertaining, while you admire the tremendous views this unit provides being a front and center unit. Spring is here, and Summer is just around the corner, so if you've dreamed of owning a Gulf Front Condo on Navarre Beach, here's your chance to own a front and center unit, providing views East and West along the coast!

The condo is Turn Key and would make a great primary, secondary or vacation rental, and has Rental History available. Navarre Beach is home to Florida's longest Fishing Pier and has plenty of walking/biking paths, parks, and miles of untouched incredible beaches along the Gulf Islands National Seashore. As one of the last areas with the "Old Florida" appeal, Navarre Beach has been coined "Florida's Most Relaxing Place."